BI 2340: Microbiology for Nurses

4 credits

Millions of bacteria live on your skin, in your nose, in your mouth, and in your gut. You house more bacterial cells on & in your being than you do human cells (10 times more)! You are a walking, talking ecosystem for microbes…without them you couldn’t exist! Bacteria are essential to human health and responsible for infectious disease. Therefore, this course is designed to introduce nursing majors to microorganisms with a particular emphasis on how they pertain to clinical concerns. The laboratory component of this course will focus on using traditional microbiology & modern molecular biology techniques to identify unknown bacterial isolates. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

BI 2360: Genetics for Nurses

3 credits

Advances in genetics have revolutionized modern medical approaches to diagnosis, management, and treatment of disease. As a result, understanding the role genetics plays in human health is becoming essential for healthcare providers. The first half of this course will focus on understanding the basic principles of human genetics, while the second half of the course will specifically consider topics related to clinical practice such as diagnosis of genetic conditions, newborn screening, gene therapy, and ethical principles of genetic healthcare. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 3010:  Introduction to Professional Nursing

2 credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of baccalaureate nursing practice and is the precursor course in the baccalaureate nursing curriculum.  The purpose of this course is to explicate the values and philosophy of the Department of Nursing and help students develop an understanding of issues confronting professional nurses. Emphasis is on history, trends, policy issues and the inter-relatedness of these factors with socio-cultural forces affecting the quality, nature and delivery of basic nursing care. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 3020: Introduction to Patient-Centered Care

3 credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce nursing students to the theoretical framework encompasing the knowledge, attitudes and skills required to practice as a nurse in the future. Students learn to provide individualized care that recognizes patient’s preferences, values and needs and respects the patient or designee as a full partner in providing compassionate, coordinated, appropriate, safe and effective care. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only. (DICO)

NR 3030: Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

3 credits

The focus of this course is on the principles of disease and disease mechanisms including pathophysiology and their pharmacological treatments.  Principles of infection, anti-infection agents, drug absorption and metabolism are examined.  Pathophysiology including signs and symptoms of selective systems, e.g., cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems are studied.  Clinical assessment, analysis of clinical information, and clinical decision-making are addressed.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 3040: Professional Issues

3 credits

This course introduces students to concepts of career development in Nursing and the need for a long term plan for career development.  It focuses on roles and responsibilities within health care and professional organizations as they relate to nursing practice.  Current and future issues related to providing quality nursing care are examined. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 3052: Clinical Applications of Patient-Centered Care

4 credits

This course introduces clinical skills as a foundation of nursing practice.  The course focuses on clinical and technical skills basic to the practice of nursing across the lifespan.  Students are introduced to the holistic care of clients, beginning clinical decision-making and foundational therapeutic nursing interventions requiring the use of various medical technologies.  Correct use of technology is required to provide safe and effective care. Nursing process, documentation utilizing a computerized medical record, therapeutic communication skills, aseptic technique and medication administration are included as well as other fundamental nursing and technical skills. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.  (TECO)

NR 3060 Evidence-based Practice

3 credits

This course develops the knowledge necessary to identify, apply, and evaluate the best current evidence to develop clinical expertise, as well as consider adults’ and families’ preferences, experience and values to make practice decisions.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 3070  Health and Wellness of Older Adults

3 credits

This course focuses on the needs of older adults with consideration given to developmental factors and cultural variables employed in patient choices for wellness, treatment or palliative care.  It incorporates wellness initiatives, prioritizing care needs, family and patient teaching, and planning for end-of-life care. Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.  (WECO)

3 credits

This course examines the structure of health care systems as well as the laws and ethical principles that guide professional nursing practice in the current healthcare delivery system. Critical thinking is used to analyze the impact of personal, professional, societal, and client system values on ethical decision making.  The interrelationships among a variety of health care provider roles are discussed.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 3090: Clinical Evidence-based Practice

4 credits

This course provides the experience of applying evidence and skills in caring for adult clients, including the elderly.  These clinical experiences promote disciplined decision-making, facilitate positive patient care outcomes, and strive for error reduction using nursing informatics to document nursing care and outcomes of patient care to communicate with others.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR: 3110 Health Care Informatics

3 credits

This course integrates nursing science with computer technology and information science.  It explores the emerging health informatics field and how the acquisition, storage, management and of information can play a critical role in enhancing the quality of care, reducing the costs of delivery and addressing population health issues. This course provides focuses on the role of information systems in health care organizations. Emphasis is on technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision making enhancing the efficacy of nursing endeavors.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 4010: Teamwork and Collaborative Care

3 credits

This course promotes integration of patient-centered care and evidence-based practice preparing the student to provide nursing care to population aggregates and function effectively within nursing and interdisciplinary teams.  Emphasis is on fostering open communication, mutual respect, shared decision-making, and team learning and development.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 4020:  Global Health and Population-based Health Care

3 credits

This course prepares the nurse for the practice of population-based care with patients of diverse backgrounds.  Students examine the historic, contemporary and futuristic perspectives of the development of community and public health nursing as well as its principles and theories building on the social sciences and epidemiology (population-based factors associated with health and illness).   Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.  (GACO)

NR 4030:  Specialty Nursing Practice

3 credits

This course introduces students to concepts of nursing with women and children in a variety of settings.  Focus is on wellness, children and health in schools and women in the workplace.  A holistic perspective of health serves as the foundation. This framework emphasizes the nurse-client relationship as part of the caring approach that embraces the emotional, spiritual and cultural needs in addition to physical needs of the client.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 4040: Clinical Applications in Specialty Settings

4 credits for Pre-licensure Nursing students
2 credits for Rn-BS Nursing students

Students apply nursing knowledge and skills in community health, occupational health, child-bearing and child rearing agencies, and function as a member of a health care team to ensure positive outcome. Clinical sites will include community clinics, rural hospitals, long-term care centers, senior centers, day care centers, schools, OB clinics and acute care including ante-partum labor/delivery sites, post-partum sites and newborn nursery sites.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 4050: Nursing Leadership

3 credits

The role of the nurse as leader and manager of a healthcare team is examined using concepts and theories of organization, management, leadership, change, decision making, and group process. Findings of current research related to nursing management and leadership are discussed. Students gain understanding of how nursing leadership influences patient care and team functioning in practice.  Focus is on the use of outcome data to evaluate nursing care delivery systems and to propose performance improvement initiatives.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 4060:  Research Process and Evidence-based Practice

3  credits

This course explores the principles and methods of research and emphasizes the application of research in nursing as a product and process. It prepares students to critically read research articles and relate the value of that research to nursing practice and client outcomes.  Students develop a research problem and conduct a literature review.  Emphasis is on the importance of utilizing research and communicating research problems and results in a research team and to utilize nursing research in their practice.   (WRCO, QRCO)

NR 4070 Professional Nursing Roles and Issues

3 credits

Focus is on the use of outcome data to evaluate nursing care delivery systems and to propose performance improvement initiatives.  Consideration of practice issues, policy debates and solutions are emphasized. Students gain understanding on how nursing leadership influences patient care and team functioning in practice.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only.

NR 4082 Leadership and Quality Improvement in Clinical Settings

6 credits for Pre-licensure Nursing students
3 credits for RN-BS Nursing students

This clinical capstone course provides experience as a nursing leader to direct the provision of quality health care by interdisciplinary teams. These clinical experiences promote decision-making skills, managerial skills within health care organizations, implementation of quality control methods, and the application of research in nursing practice. Integration and application of knowledge from multiple disciplines (e.g., biology, psychology, sociology, technology) are required for effective patient care.  The focus is on transition to the professional nursing role, recognizing the organizational, social, political, economic, ethical, and legal context in which interdisciplinary healthcare is delivered in acute and/or community clinical settings.  Contracts are completed with preceptors as mentors.  Prerequisite:  Nursing majors only. (INCO)

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Plymouth, NH 03264

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